Kendra Johnston

President and CEO, AME

778.772.4410 | [email protected]

Kendra Johnston joined AME as President and CEO in June 2019 following several years of volunteer positions at AME including Director, Executive Director, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Roundup Committee and serving on numerous committees including the Finance Committee. Kendra is a Professional Geologist and mining executive with over 15 years of experience in various facets of the mineral exploration and mining industry primarily in BC and Yukon, and is a passionate industry advocate for responsible mineral exploration.

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With a strong, inclusive and collaborative leadership style, Kendra provides AME with extensive, knowledge and experience in public geoscience, financial and capital markets, indigenous engagement, as well as the social and regulatory landscapes that affect mineral exploration.  Ms. Johnston’s strong leadership and advocacy helps to promote British Columbia as one of the top global jurisdictions for responsible and inclusive mineral exploration and development and as a major international hub for industry that shares our core values.

Ms. Johnston, P.Geo. graduated from the University of Victoria with BSc in Earth Science and the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University with an MBA and a Certificate in Responsible Leadership.  She was most recently the President of BC and Yukon explorer, Independence Gold Corp., with increasing levels of responsibility from Project Geologist to President.

Jonathan Buchanan

Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy

778-840-0620 | [email protected]

As Director, Regulatory and Technical Policy, Jonathan is responsible for anticipating, understanding, summarizing, evaluating and influencing public policy as it relates to mineral exploration and development, particularly in the strategic areas of land access and use, environment, health and safety and socio-economic considerations in BC.

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Jonathan joined AME in 2005. Jonathan grew up in the mining town of Elliot Lake, Ontario, and first moved to BC to study at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.A. in Geography. In addition to a background in communications for the mineral exploration and mining sector, Jonathan has studied, lived, and worked in Japan, and is the author of Inside the Torii Gate: The Journal of an Exchange Student in Japan.

He served as 2015-2016 Chair of the BC Technical & Research Committee on Reclamation, on which he represents AME and is a member of the Health & Safety Committee of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada. He has received the Advanced Communicator Gold award from Toastmasters International, and is an active member of Vancore Toastmasters.

Roxanne Finnie

Director, Events & Membership

778-836-9850 | [email protected]

As Director, Events & Membership, Roxanne is responsible for strategy, planning and delivery of the member relations program and all member events including AME’s annual Roundup conference.

Roxanne joined the AME team in November 2011 as the Manager, Member Relations. In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of the member services and events as well as the management of the exhibit hall and exhibitors at Roundup.

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Prior to joining AME, Roxanne worked for 7 years in both operational and business development roles for SGS Mineral Services and as such brings a network and knowledge of the industry to her new role.  Her background also includes Board positions for arts & culture and community planning organizations as well as the production of various community events. In 2011, she was also the Chair of the AME 100th Anniversary Pavilion Sub-Committee.

Jordan Townley

Manager, Marketing and Communications

236-334-5499 | [email protected]

As Manager, Marketing and Communications, Jordan focuses on a wide range of marketing activity including PR and Media Relations, Digital Marketing, Measurement and Analytics, Social Media Management, Media Partnerships, Content Development, E-news as well as event support for AME Roundup. Jordan is the Staff Lead for the Communications and Marketing Committee and the Editorial Sub-Committee.

Jordan joined AME in October 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator and was heavily involved in the media relations and partnerships, news circulation and photography at AME Roundup and Discovery Day.

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Upon completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manchester UK and Newcastle Australia,  Jordan has worked in PR and Marketing for 7 years across 3 continents for different industries including renewable energy, sustainability, business and retail.

For three years running, Jordan was elected as a Board Member for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations from 2015-2018, planning and executing seminars, talks and events for PR professionals in London and across the UK.

Savannah Nadeau

Manager, Events

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As Manager, Events, Savannah works with the Director, Events & Membership to plan and execute the annual AME Roundup Conference, with focus on the exhibit hall, keynotes, and networking events. Savannah also plans and executes other AME events throughout the year, including AME MinEx Talks, the Golf Tournament, Webinars and Workshops.

Savannah is the Staff Lead for the Awards Committee and produces the annual AME Awards Gala: Celebration of Excellence.

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Savannah joined the Association in October 2018 as the Volunteer & Events Coordinator for AME Roundup 2019. Previously, Savannah worked in the events industry in food & beverage, hospitality, and décor.

Jasmine Lad

Member Services Coordinator, AME

604.689.5271   | [email protected]

Jasmine is the Member Services Coordinator at AME and reports to the Director, Events & Membership. Jasmine plays a key role for membership services in maintaining the efficiency of the member database, coordinating member benefits and handling of member inquiries.  She also works closely with AME staff in the planning and execution of all AME Events and the annual AME Roundup conference.

Becky Pitre

Manager, Accounting and Human Resources

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Becky is the Accounting and Human Resources Manager at AME and reports to the President and CEO. She is responsible for all of AME’s accounting functions as well as the administration of all Human Resources functions. Previously, Becky worked as an accountant in the tire recycling industry and for an energy systems manufacturer.